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  • Share Your Story-Iowa Legislative Breakfast

    The American Heart Association held their first Legislative Breakfast of 2016 on January 13th.
  • Share Your Story-Kansas Wear Red Day

    Wear Red Day was a success thanks to all our volunteers and advocates!
  • Share Your Story-Missouri Wear Red Day

    Wear Red Day at the Capitol was a huge success thanks to all our volunteers and advocates!
  • Critical Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week is February 7-14

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    In the United States, about 40,000 children are born with a heart defect each year. Congenital heart disease consists of various heart defects that are present at birth. About 40,000 newborns are diagnosed with this disease in the U.S. annually, and 25...
  • Register Now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day 2016!

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    Join other advocates from Minnesota to speak with legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of active living, physical activity and combating childhood obesity.
  • Have you watched our CPR video yet?

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    Check out our new CPR video, we think you'll like it!
  • Reminder: send your message today!

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    Don't forget to send your lawmaker a message of thanks for their vote on HB 1001.
  • Join us at the Good Food Access Fund Campaign Kick Off!

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    Get educated about food access, availability, and affordability issues in MN!
  • Children's Hospital of Illinois Tour

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    Our Senior Director of Government Relations, Mark Peysakhovich, was honored to join Congressman Darin LaHood for a tour of the Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria on Monday.
  • Advocate Spotlight: PJ Jones

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    Education is Why!
  • Be a featured advocate!

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    Each month in our newsletter, we highlight one of our great American Heart Association volunteers or survivors. We always need new stories to feature - can you help?
  • Advocate Spotlight: Sabrina Swee

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    Engaging our youth in healthy eating is important to help combat the childhood obesity crisis facing our nation. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it's encouraging to read about kids like Sabrina Swee who started cooking in the kitchen at...
  • Medicaid Expansion Editorial: It Makes Sense for South Dakota

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    Expansion access to quality health care is vital in our efforts to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease and stroke on all South Dakotans, and all Americans. We strongly support the Governor's plan to expand access to affordable healthcare coverage...
  • Advocates Raise Awareness with Heart Month Proclamation

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    Volunteer advocates can make all the difference in our efforts to reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke. When volunteers step forward to contact their elected leaders and ask for their support, it can make all the difference. We are proud of our...
  • Advocates Raise Awareness at Red Dress Dash

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    We are so proud of all our Nebraska advocates who participated in the Red Dress Dash in Lincoln on February 4th! We are especially proud of Lisa Culbertson who took a moment to explain why this event, and raising awareness, is so important to her! Lisa...
  • Advocate Spotlight: Jill Duis

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    AHA advocate Jill Duis has walked with heart disease her entire life. And, she has been impacted by stroke as well. Jill has worked tirelessly for years to impact heart and stroke policy in Nebraska, and her voice is making a difference. Jill, along with...
  • Exploring New Places is Why!

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    Meet Emily Schnacky, AHA's Communications Coordinator!
  • Take Action to Expand Access to Health Care

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    The legislative session is well underway, and access to care through Medicaid is one of the issues that is gaining momentum in the early weeks of the session. Expanding access to care through Medicaid makes sense for South Dakota. It’s a good deal...
  • Make Plans Now to Attend the Sioux Falls Go Red for Women Events!

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    Heart disease is no match for the power of women's voices. Heart disease is no match for the power of women’s voices. Most women don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late. That’s why heart disease has been...
  • Stroke Systems of Care Bill Goes Before Committee

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    Members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee will soon vote on LB 722: the Stroke System of Care Act. The purpose of the Act is to improve the overall outcomes of stroke patients. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading...
  • Join us for The Legislative Games: Bully Pulpit

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    In conjunction with the Hypertension Conference on Thursday afternoon, March 17 th , and the Obesity Conference on March 18 th , the American Heart Association invites You’re the Cure advocates to attend a special event on the evening of March 17...
  • Giving Hearts Day is February 11th

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    For the past several years the AHA has had the opportunity to participate in an annual event called Giving Hearts Day. Giving Hearts Day is hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation, and Alex Stern Family Foundation. Through the contributions...
  • Share Your Story: Chris Fowler

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    My coaches rushed to me as I went down. I had gone into Sudden Cardiac Arrest. They began CPR compressions immediately and were able to defibrillate my heart back into action. But my survival begs the question: what about the stories that don't have...
  • The Time Has Come to Increase Tobacco Tax

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    We support Senator Mike Gloor's efforts to increase the tobacco tax in Nebraska. He has worked tirelessly on this issue for several years, and we are hopeful that this may be the year for it to happen. We are pleased to share a recent editorial in...
  • Hypertension Conference Being Planned for March

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    Make plans now to attend the Hypertension Summit in Fargo on March 17th. The summit will provide an overview of hypertension in North Dakota and discuss the importance of prevention and control. Presenters will educate attendees on various topics related...